Sunday, 23 October 2011

Beginning by picking a news topic...

Now that I've seen the exhibition which inspires this project, I can get working on my own ideas for a banner. It didn't take me long to select something animal rights related.

Shark 'finning' is the appalling act when fishermen dump the live fish back in the water after cutting off the fins. As well as the devastating effects this industry is having on shark populations globally, the painful death the sharks are put through once back in the water, unable to swim, is unbelievable.

Every year tens of millions of sharks die a slow death because of finning. Finning is the inhumane practice of hacking off the shark's fins and throwing its still living body back into the sea. The sharks either starve to death, are eaten alive by other fish, or drown (if they are not in constant movement their gills cannot extract oxygen from the water).
-Stop Shark Finning
 Here is a documentary about shark finning from marine wildlife conservation organisation, Sea Shepherd.

Here is the article that inspired me to look into this topic

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